Over the past decade there has been an encouraging growth in the conversation between theology and the arts, often centered on the imagination. Often this is bound together with the theme of creativity, which tends to treat imagination as a largely romantic mode of expression.
Drawing on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, will present a public lecture Mar. 5 at 6:00 p.m. articulating a philosophical account of the imagination that is less romantic, suggesting that this yields new frontiers for engagement between theology and the arts.
He will also participate in a brown bag lunch discussion at 12:30 p.m. that same day, where he will give an overview of his Cultural Liturgies book series, a project which examines desire and imagination through their liturgical formation and possibilities.
Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview at Calvin College. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.
For more information on either event, contact Joelle Hathaway.